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6 Foods that Fight Cancer

  • 8th October 2012 |
  • Author: Iris

The Making of A Powerful Cancer-Fighting Salad

Cancer fighting foods

Foods That Fight Cancer

When you plan your meals for the week or shop at the grocery store, are you choosing foods that fight cancer?  There are many foods that can help fight cancer before it starts.  While cost, taste, and calories are important things to consider, selecting the best foods to keep you healthy and cancer-free should be the major deciding factor.

Don’t be afraid to try fruits, vegetables, beans or legumes you’ve never eaten before.  There are a lot of healthy recipes you can find online that you can use to improve your health.  Your local grocer carries most, if not all, of the foods and ingredients you will need to prepare delicious cancer-fighting meals.

Visit your local grocer or farmer’s market on a weekly basis and select five new fruits, vegetables, beans, cheese or dairy products you can combine or incorporate into your diet this week.  Mix and match them and surprise yourself with fresh new flavors and quick meals that are full of nutrition and cancer-fighting properties.

Here are 6 cancer-fighting foods you can combine to make a delicious cancer-fighting salad:

Arugula

Arugula salad greensWe know that leafy greens are good for you but arugula is one of the best greens you can eat.  It contains two cancer-fighting agents, kaempferol and quercetin.  Diets containing arugula can lower the risk of lung cancer.

To create your salad, use arugula as a bed of tasty greens upon which to add other cancer-fighting foods.  Young leaves or baby arugula has a sweet and nutty taste and make a tastier salad when used … versus the bigger leaves which have a slightly bitter taste.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes fight cancerTomatoes contain a very high concentration of an antioxidant called lycopene.  They pack a one-two punch against cancer because they contain lycopene and cancer-fighting Vitamin C.  Studies report significant reductions in prostate cancer in men and cervical cancer in women who eat a diet rich in tomatoes and tomato-based products.

Beans

foods that fight cancerBeans are loaded with flavonoids and other phytochemicals that slow cancer cell growth and decrease chronic inflammation.   By eating these fiber-rich beans, you can lower your risk of developing brain aneurysms, cancer (especially colon-rectal cancer), and other potential killers.  Eat at least ½ cup of beans at least twice a week for optimum benefit.

Cheese

Hard cheses are foods that fight cancerCheese is a great cancer fighter.  Introducing hard cheeses like Jarslburg, Edam, and Gouda into your diet will help to prevent the development of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer for men and women.  Being a non-smoker does not give you immunity from the development of lung cancer.  Approximately 20% of women who get lung cancer have never smoked a day in their lives.

These hard cheeses are made with bacteria that produce a special form of Vitamin K called menaquinone that has cancer-fighting properties.  Studies have shown that eating hard cheeses can reduce the risk of lung cancer by 62% if you eat at least 2 slices a week.

Jarlsberg cheese is a delicious cheese to try on your salad.  It has a buttery and nutty taste and looks like Swiss cheese.    Sprinkle some shredded Jarlsberg cheese on your salad for extra punch.

Mushrooms

asian mushrooms are cancer fighting foods

Mushrooms offer great benefits for overall health, including their ability to help fight cancer, especially prostate cancer and breast cancer.  Asian mushrooms, in particular, have been used for more than 6,000 years for their medicinal powers.

Asian mushrooms come in dozens of varieties, and some of the ones most recognized in the United States include Shiitake, Maitake, Crimini, Reishi, Enoki, King Oyster, and Cordyceps. One healing component found in mushrooms is ergosterol peroxide, which researchers found to be effective against human prostate cancer cells. They found that ergosterol peroxide inhibited cancer cell growth and triggered cell suicide, known as apoptosis. Asian mushrooms also contain a powerful antioxidant called L-ergothioneine.

In regards to breast cancer, mushrooms help the body reduce the level of estrogen and prevent estrogen from stimulating breast tissue through compounds called aromatase inhibitors.  Some studies suggest that by eating just ONE mushroom or 10 grams of mushrooms per day, a woman reduces her risk of breast cancer by a staggering 64% … ONE mushroom a day!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Super Olive OilExtra virgin olive oil is liquid gold on salads!  Almost every cancer-fighting dish begins with extra virgin olive oil.  In many parts of the world, olive oil is considered to be “liquid gold” because of its medicinal benefits.  But the secret to this cancer-fighting superfood is you must use olive oil that comes from SUPER olives.

There are three SUPER olives:  Picual olives (which comes from Spain), Moraiolo olives (which comes from Italy), and Koroneiki olives (which comes from Greece). These extra virgin olive oils have the highest concentration of cancer-fighting polyfinols.   The stronger the taste, the higher the concentration of polyfinols.

The next time you are in the grocer or an upscale supermarket, pick up a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, look at the label and ask yourself what kinds of olives were used to make it?  Purchase an olive oil made from one of these three types of SUPER olives.

Store your (liquid gold) olive oil in a dark glass bottle, in a cool, dry place because olive oil is very sensitive to light.  The light degrades the olive oil, especially those cancer fighters.  So, make sure you store it properly to get the best flavor and cancer-fighting benefits.

A diverse blend of foods in your diet can give you all the variety of flavor you desire, help you maintain your weight and stay healthy, and help you fight cancer.  The ability to prevent or fight cancer is literally in your hands.  Make it your mission to explore, examine and experience a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables found at your local grocer and farmer’s market. Arugula salad fights cancer

The ingredients outlined above will start you on your way to better health and wellness.  They will make one of the most flavorful, healthy and delicious salads you’ve ever eaten.

Just throw all the ingredients into a big salad bowl and drizzle a couple of tablespoons of some extra virgin olive oil over the fresh arugula greens, beans, cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top and toss all the ingredients together until coated with olive oil.

Savor the wonderful flavor of these ingredients … it’s a winning combination designed to help you stay or get fit and well.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get more delicious cancer-fighting and healthy recipes, along with news you can use and great healthy living tips.

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2 Comments

  1. Nice post, can you please provide me with some links where i can learn more on this topic?

  2. Iris says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post! You can take any or all of the foods or ingredients mentioned in this article and create a very nutritious and healthy salad.

    There are tons of cancer-fighting foods you can add to your salad to create variety while you improve your health. There are also tons of recipes you can find online.

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